"springtime in the park" birthday party


IMG_2142 I love simple celebrations.  This weekend we celebrated the twins' sixth birthday with family and friends at a beautiful green park in the crisp, springtime air.



There was little prep before the party.  A few paper wrapped aluminum cans to fill with some dandelions + wildflowers for the table would be a simple touch for a springtime tablescape.  The girls did a beautiful job wrapping the cans.



Ainsleigh and Annabelle requested homemade hummus (to go along with their favorite chips), deviled eggs "without the red or green stuff"--paprika or relish, and our homemade ranch + veggies.

Gaummie's favorite chipped beef cheese ball and Grandma + PaPa's awesome fruit salad joined the party table to complete the most awesome birthday snacks ever.



And cake.

The two petite four-layer cakes were the most time consuming part of the party prep but I know it gets my girls excited.  They turned out much prettier than they were tasty.  (I made gluten-free chocolate cake (with coconut sugar) with lemon curd between each layer-- turned out to be an odd combination especially with my refined sugar free buttercream icing I kinda made up as I went.  Oops.  Better luck with my August birthday girls.)



The party was so enjoyable and relaxing.  Honestly.  No games to run, timelines to follow or tidying of my house/yard.

Kids (and some adults!) ran and played for hours.




And ate...

IMG_2124 And tried out Caroline's nature scavenger hunt...


IMG_2171 And stopped to sing for a bit.  Two Happy Birthday songs, of course.


IMG_2157 I love these two girls.  They are such happy and content girls.  They loved the attention from those that love them on their special day and, quite as I expected, I found them throughout the party off on their own, totally happy just being with each other.


the sleepy time gal